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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Advocates for open, honest communication between parents and kids, reevaluating those relationships as they mature. Comments upon need for women to adjust goals as life changes occur. Values promoted: respect for others (including their choices), teamwork, compassion, courage, importance of friends. "Think more about what you say and less about what you feel." A gay couple is treated respectfully and without judgment.
Positive Role Models
Central characters are evolving throughout. Ultimately, they exhibit gratitude, perseverance, empathy, better communication skills. Their sons also mature, learning acceptance, gratitude, and empathy. Ethnically diverse cast.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No overt sexual activity. References to infidelity, gay and lesbian relationships. Characters undress and begin sexual foreplay until they realize they're being watched. Brief look at a male backside.
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Profanity includes: "f--k," "s--t," "scrotum," "a--hole," "woody," "bitch," "penis," "t-tties," "balls," "jerking off," "d--khead."
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Products & Purchases
Hudson Hotel, NYC. Versace, Gucci.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol, get tipsy or drunk in several sequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Otherhood is a comedy about three moms who feel neglected by their young adult sons and make a trip from Poughkeepsie to New York City to surprise them on Mother's Day. It's based on the book Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. There are serious issues underlying the humor, such as infidelity, parent-adult child relationships, middle-age anxiety. Viewers can expect profanity and sexual banter, including "f--k," "s--t," "jerking off," "d--khead," "a--holes," and more. A man and woman undressing and passionately kissing are interrupted in a comic moment (a brief look at a male backside). A monogamous gay relationship is depicted respectfully. Lead characters drink alcohol in several sequences; in some instances it results in mild inebriation, in others drunkenness. Though Otherhood's MPAA "R" rating seems a bit harsh, the movie will have little appeal for most kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Good parts for women "of a certain age" are hard to come by in Hollywood, so three stellar actresses decided to produce one for themselves; unfortunately, the material doesn't measure up. The filmmakers, with Cindy Chupack as director and co-writer, try to play it safe. They include as many obligatory species as possible, none of them fresh or memorable: a meddling Jewish mother, an African American preppie, a widow who hasn't emerged from grief, a happily gay young man, an insecure writer. They don't stint on trite situations either, like a mom inadvertently catching her son on the verge of sex with a beautiful young woman and the predictable make-over moment. As solid as the entire company of players is, Otherhood feels forced and by-the-numbers. Sadly, the script simply misses more than it hits.
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